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What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Never thought in my wildest dreams that this golden oldie would have the impact on me that it did! I was totally gobsmacked! The films underlying message is even MORE relevant today then it was back then!
With various reports of animal species becoming extinct, dwindling natural resources and man's unquenchable greed and proclivity towards arrogance I found the film even more terrifying because there is no one to save us from ourselves!
The late great Edward G. Robinson died 12 days after filming concluded, which makes his death bed scene even MORE powerful!
A Sci-Fi Classic that is way ahead of its time and more than deserving of your time!
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Over-population, climate change, exhaustion of resources, corporate greed, it's all there. Soylent Green expressed vital environment messages over 40 years ago, and it did chillingly and frankly. Unfortunately, it's remembered strictly on the basis of being iconic.
Prophetic convictions are merged with noir/sci-fi characteristics to create a film so gripping you forget it features Charlton Heston. The film also features fantastic work from Edward G. Robinson (a perfect farewell to the man) and a cameo from one of my favorite actors, Joseph Cotten.
The "Euthanasia" sequence is so tragic and beautiful. The images and sounds it's inter-cut with are the wondrous result of early 70s Technicolor.
Gorgeous and ponderous, don't mistake Soylent Green for a cheap science fiction picture. It's far, far more.
I honestly thought this was going to be more of a sci-fi movie and more action packed, but it is really more of a slow burn detective story. It was worth a watch and I'm sure it would have had more of an impact without the giant spoiler everyone already knows about at this point. Still Charlton Heston is great in anything and he's always entertaining for an hour and a half or so.
The hairdos in this film may be old world, but the themes of overpopulation, global warming, poverty and so on sure as hell aren't. In a way it seems amazing that the film was made over forty years ago, it's that relevant.
What's great about Soylent Green is that these themes unfold in the form of a detective story which moves along at a slow pace and only gradually unveils what the world has come to. Almost without noticing it you find yourself caught up in a web of conspiracy and murder and soybean crackers. Imagine Jake Gittes prowling streets thick with a yellowish smog and you get the idea.
This film also features Eddie Robinson's final screen appearance, who…
As a whole, I don't think this film gelled very well. There were some really well-filmed scenes and the whole end sequence (from Sol's death onward) was exciting and intense and even moving. But the film takes awhile to really get its bearings.
I like the simplistic beauty of this movie. Back then the main message of the movie and artistic vision of the director were more important than realism and special effects, with which everybody seems to be obsessed nowadays. I don't mind both ways, but maybe today technical aspects of the movie too often detract attention from good story and original ideas in film making and storytelling. Difference is most obvious in SF, but it is actually like that in any genre. Soylent Green is set in future just for the purpose of the point it has to make, "scientific" aspect of that future is not that important, and the future in the movie doesn't look that different from the '70s. Emphasis in the movie is on the future state of the humanity, not on how the clothes, flats or vehicles in the future will look like. And it is still adventurously and originally directed movie, begging from its opening sequence.
Show this to your kids and it might make them appreciate their vegetables a bit more.
Also, Charlton Heston is very sweaty in this film.
7/10, very relevant to current events, will watch again 50 years in the future while pointing and saying "I told you so!"
Man, '70s science-fiction so far is just... really fucking boring—and that doesn't even feel like a subjective criticism. Nothing really happens in them. (Point in case: Logan's Run, where literally nobody does anything for two hours.) Unsurprisingly, Soylent Green is pretty underwhelming. The concept of overpopulation leading to global warming and a resulting worldwide famine is an incredibly skin-crawling one—given the likelihood of such an event actually happening—and the frightening nature of the concept is only heightened by the unsettling twist—which still mortified me despite the fact that I already knew it going in—but very little of this is ever talked about. The Soylent Green conspiracy doesn't even come into the picture into well past the halfway point, and even…
I thought this was a pretty good seventies thriller/sci-fi. Having known the spoiler didn't really take away from enjoying the film. Definitely anticipates Snowpiercer in a few ways but with way less action and more unintentional humor (thanks to Heston's performance).
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